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Four shootings, three dead in Baltimore

As homicide detectives sorted through a Southwest Baltimore crime scene Thursday that included two smashed vehicles, shell casings, a man shot in the hand and another man shot dead, a second group of police investigators responded to East Baltimore.

At that scene, eight miles away, they found a man who had been fatally shot in the Broadway East neighborhood. Later Thursday night, officers found a man shot to death in a Brooklyn home on the south side of the city.

A total of five people were shot — three of them fatally — in four separate shootings in Baltimore on Thursday, bringing the number of homicides this year to 21 and the number of shootings involving at least two victims to six.

Baltimore police said none of the shootings Thursday appear related, though investigators were on the lookout for signs of retaliatory violence so extra patrol officers could be deployed if needed.

Commanders in each police district were studying the incidents and doing "everything in our power...

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Bail reduced for Ohio rabbi accused of sexual abuse in Balto. Co.

A District Court judge on Thursday reduced the bail for an Ohio rabbi accused of sexually abusing a Baltimore County girl after the rabbi's lawyer argued that he is not a flight risk.

Judge Leo Ryan Jr. set bail for Frederick Martin Karp, 50, at $500,000 — down from $5 million — and ordered him to relinquish his passport. Karp, the spiritual-living director at a Cleveland-area senior center, was arrested Jan. 15 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York; he was on his way to Israel — a trip his lawyer said had been planned for months. Karp was extradited to Maryland on Wednesday.

Karp is accused of sexually abusing the girl, now 12, since she was 7 years old. Police say the rabbi was a friend of the girl's family and would visit them occasionally.

Karp appeared at the bail review hearing via video from the Baltimore County Detention Center. He wore an orange jumpsuit and long beard, keeping his head bowed for most of the proceedings.

Prosecutor Lisa Dever asked that Karp be...

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Law license suspended for attorney whose client was murdered

A Baltimore County attorney who acknowledged having inadvertently disclosed information that led to a client's murder agreed to an indefinite suspension of his law license, records show.

Larry J. Feldman, an attorney for 17 years, will be suspended from practicing law as of Saturday after agreeing that he violated provisions of the Maryland Lawyer's Rules of Professional Conduct when he told Tavon Davis more than four years ago that prosecutors wanted to speak with his client, Isiah Callaway, in a criminal investigation.

Davis had hired Feldman in late 2010 to represent Callaway, 19, a suspect in a check fraud scheme. Documents related to the license suspension say the attorney did not know that Davis also was a suspect in the fraud scheme until after Callaway's murder.

After Feldman told Davis that federal prosecutors wanted to speak to Callaway, Davis hired a hit man to kill Callaway in East Baltimore.

Feldman told The Baltimore Sun in 2011 that, "In a million years, I never thought...

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Rabbi extradited to Md. to face sexual abuse charges

A rabbi from Ohio charged with sexually abusing a girl in Baltimore County was extradited to Maryland and held on $5 million bail Wednesday, Baltimore County police said.

Prosecutors said Frederick Martin Karp, 50, would on occasion visit a Baltimore County family who he was friends with between July 4, 2009 and December 10, 2014. During those visits, prosecutors said he would sexually assault the girl.

Karp, of the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, was arrested last week at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Karp identified himself to police as the rabbi at Menorah Park senior living center in Beachwood, prosecutors said. Karp is also president of the Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains.

County police said previously that their investigation has not indicated that there were any incidents of abuse at Jewish facilities in the area.

County police first received information on Dec. 31 that he had abused the girl, went to Cleveland and obtained an arrest warrant charging...

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Warrant issued for suspect in North Baltimore robbery of pregnant nurse

Baltimore police say they have issued an arrest warrant for the suspect wanted in the robbery and beating of a pregnant nurse in North Baltimore.

Police declined to identify the suspect on Wednesday as officers continue to search for the man, who police say is also suspected in other robberies in and around the Guilford neighborhood.

On Saturday, a Union Memorial Hospital nurse who was six months pregnant was walking to work in the 3700 block of Greenmount Ave. at about 7 p.m. when police say she turned into the 400 block of Bretton Place and was punched by the suspect at least three times. Police say the attacker stole the nurse's keys, iPhone and bank card before fleeing with another male who had stood nearby.

The nurse suffered a welt over her left eye but declined to be taken to a hospital. Police described her as being in good condition.

Police said the suspect is linked to other robberies but they did not say how many. Detectives are also searching for the person they believe...

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Baltimore man jailed for murder since age 14 is released

Eugene J. Edwards pleaded guilty to a murder on Wednesday, and was expected to be released in time for dinner.

Edwards was 14 years old in January 2002, when prosecutors say he fatally shot an 18-year-old man in East Baltimore during a robbery attempt. His accomplices and other witnesses implicated him, and he was sentenced as an adult to 30 years in prison following a guilty plea.

But in 2013, Edwards successfully argued that he had not been properly advised of the charges before entering his plea, and he was granted a new trial.

In the time that had passed, however, evidence was lost, and witness statements changed.

So instead of risking an acquittal at trial, city prosecutors offered a deal: Edwards, now 27, would be released immediately on time served, but the conviction would stand. Under the arrangement, he could be sent back to prison for even longer than his original sentence should he violate probation.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown expressed concerns about the plea...

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